General Counsel

The University of Kentucky’s Office of Legal Counsel is physically located in three offices noted below, two on central campus and one in the medical center. Follow the link for each individual for additional information regarding their areas of expertise and background.


General Counsel

William E. Thro
B.A., Hanover College (Summa Cum Laude) 
M.A., University of Melbourne (Honours)
J.D., University of Virginia (Law Review) 

  • Constitutional Issues
  • Board of Trustees Issues
  • Supervision of all high profile litigation, including all proceedings in the appellate courts
  • Title IX Sexual Assault Due Process
  • High Profile Federal Administrative Investigations (i.e. OCR inquiries into Title IX Sexual Assault or Title IX and intercollegiate athletics)
  • Legislation
  • High Profile Athletics Matters including all SEC and NCAA Matters
  • Chairing the University’s Medical Risk Management Committee and significant constitutional/statutory issues related to medical malpractice
  • University Relations
  • Institutional Diversity
  • Philanthropy
  • General Management of the entire Office of Legal Counsel
  • Supervision of General Counsel Support Staff

Linda Speakman, Administrative Services Assistant
Kris Gilbert, Budget Officer


Principal Deputy General Counsel

T. Lynn Williamson
B.A., University of Kentucky
J.D., University of Kentucky

  • Staff Human Resources Issues other than Employee Benefits
  • Supervision of the Open Records Office
  • Internal Athletics Issues Not Involving Business Transactions
  • Bias Incident Support Services
  • Community of Concern
  • Low profile litigation involving staff human resources
  • Back-up to the General Counsel on all General Counsel responsibilities

Amy Renee Spagnuolo, Director of Open Records/Senior Paralegal
TBD, Open Records Assistant